Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for what is his third state visit, ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg to begin Wednesday. He’ll hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa today in Pretoria, with a focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations, according…

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have arrived in Rwanda for a two-day state visit, where they were received by President Paul Kagame and the Rwandan First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.  The visit to Rwanda is the first for a Chinese president, and underscores the growing influence of…

Ahead of BRICS, China’s Xi Jinping begins Africa visits

Ahead of BRICS, China’s Xi Jinping begins Africa visits

President Xi Jinping of China begins Thursday a trip that will bring him to Senegal and Rwanda for state visits, before he heads to South Africa and the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg. “The visits will promote the further deepening of political mutual trust, mutual development assistance, mutual learning on each…

Small quake surprises Mauritius and La Réunion

Residents of Mauritius had a mild surprise late Tuesday when a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit beneath the ocean at 11:25 p.m. local time, striking between the Indian Ocean island and neighboring La Réunion. There were no reports of serious damage or injuries, but the shaking got a lot of attention…

Mauritius to support farmers hard-hit by cyclone flooding

Electricity has been restored, water supply is intact and officials on Mauritius have identified roads and drainage systems needing repair because of Cyclone Berguitta – but food supply remains a problem in the short term. Heavy rainfall impacted farmers and about 75 percent of local vegetable production, said Mahen Kumar…

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

Africa’s island nations in the Indian Ocean are increasingly vulnerable to natural disaster and need to urgently make a priority of their community resilience and preparedness, says the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The devastating humanitarian and economic impact of natural disasters…